CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C.-The City of Campbell River is looking to get in on the ground floor of a new program aimed at helping make better infrastructure decisions.

It’s called the Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing Tool Pilot Program. The free, open source, Excel-based program helps understand the long-term infrastructure cost implications of land-use decisions. It’s been put together by BC’s Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

Up to five communities will be chosen from among the applicants. Campbell River City Manager Deborah Sargent believes the city is in an excellent position to get into the project:

She added the city also ticks a few other boxes the ministry is looking for, such as places that are showing growth. Campbell River is growing by one per cent on average every year, with Sargent saying there’s been an accelerated growth the last couple of years. She says getting in on the program would be a big help to Campbell River:

The program comes with roughly 35 hours of expert consulting time as well that covers a variety of infrastructure related issues. The city’s application goes in later this week.  Sargent says she expects to hear back from the ministry quickly on whether the application is successful or not, since the pilot project runs from June to November.